Guria

Look at life through humor – This is Guria

“According to legend, King of India Shedati decided to have Eden and ordered to gather “Guriebi” (beautiful) of whole country and brought to him. The “Guriebi” of the whole country gathered as one were leaving for India and found themselves on the territory of today’s Guria when they learnt about Shedati’s death. They decided to settle here.” – this is legend, but really special people live in Guria known for their sense of humor, diplomacy and different cultural style.

From regions of Georgia this smallest area is awarded by nature with diverse beauty. Here on the shortest distance the mountainous and sea resorts are located. You may go to high mountain medical resort or mountain of Gomi from the shoreline. There is wonderful view seen from Bakhmaro opening through the views of Kolkheti Lowland and Black Sea shoreline. Here one mountain is called as “Mountain of Sunset” where the guests are gathered and look at the most wonderful natural ceremony of sunset.

There are many rivers and treatment waters in Guria. From treatment waters the mostly widespread is mineral water “Nabeglavi” which is of great popular together with “Borjomi” in Georgia as well as abroad. For those who plan to rest in Guria in summer or mountain it is ideal variant for satisfying both desires.

In hot summer days in parallel with active rest you may visit mountainous Adjara, feel the coolness of Black Sea and have completely relax seeing beautiful nature.

Guria – is a region in Georgia, in the western part of the country, bordered by the eastern end of the Black Sea. The region has a population of 113,000, with Ozurgeti as the regional capital. The province has an area of 2,033 km².

History – The toponym “Guria” is first attested in the c. 800 Georgian chronicle of Pseudo-Juansher. Guria first appears c. 1352 as a fief of the house of Vardanidze-Dadiani; and after 1463 it became a sovereign principality independent of the Kingdom of Georgia under a branch of that house, known thereafter by the name of Gurieli. The principality, comprising modern Guria and much of Adjara with the city of Batumi, was subsequently reduced in size and devastated in a series of conflicts with the Ottoman Empire. A Russian protectorate was established by the treaty concluded on June 19, 1810 between Mamia V Gurieli and the empire, and in 1829, during the regency for the last prince, the Gurieli David, the principality was annexed by Russia.

Climate – The region is divided into two parts, valley and mountain. The lowland is characterized by humid subtropical climate, temperate hot summer and moderately cool temperate. The mountain climate is characterized by mild warm summers and mild cold winters. The mountainous part of Guria is characterized by the combination of sea and mountain air. This is due to the healing properties of the mountain resorts in the area.

What to visit

Ureki

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Ureki is shoreline climatic resort. It is distinguished for its magnetic sand. In the suburbs of Ureki there is increased magnetic field which is acknowledged as natural medical factor. It is useful for treating system of heart and obliterans, respiratory system and musculoskeletal organs, treating neurosis. Basic treatment factors are sea air and sandy seashore. The sea depth on long distance is not great, which is especially useful for children to have bath.

Bakhmaro

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the high mountainous climatic resort from 1926-2050 meters from sea level where the sea and mountain airs are joined. The air in Bakhmaro is distinguished for its unique treatment abilities. The best time for having rest is July and August. Regarding August 19th, Event of Transfiguration annually Bakhmaro hosts horse racing which celebrates the end of season.

Shemokmedi monastery

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Monastery of Creator (Shemokmedi) is a monastery complex dated to Middle Ages. Once it was the Center of West Eparchy. The Monastery of Creator not only in Georgia but also in whole country is considered as one of the richest monasteries in Georgia. This was the burial place of Governors of Guria. Since 1995 Monastery was restored and started to function.

Monastery of Desert

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Is one of the oldest ones in Guria. It comprises two churches. The cells of monks and church were engraved in the rock due to which it is named as Vardzia of Guria. One church is engraved in rock, as for the second one – it was constructed from peeled stone, without dome, of hall type. The monastery had rich depository for books which kept old Georgian handwritings. In the beginning of Soviet period, similar to other temples of Guria the Monastery of Desert was robbed also. As a result of robbery handwritings, books, icons were destroyed. Only the silver embedded icon of Johan Natlismcemeli which is now kept in the monastery.

Gomis mta

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Gomis mta (mountain of Gomi)  is located on the northern slope of Meskheti Range, in the valley of Bzhuzhi, at an altitude of 2100-2755 meters above sea level. The terrain is mountainous and the climate is medium mountainous. Gomistas are surrounded by coniferous forests (spruce, fir) and springs. Near Gomisma is Lake Chinchao, which is 2500 meters above sea level.

Jumati monastery

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stands on one beautiful mountain. Monastery is known for its antiquities: here were lots of precious icons, historic inscriptions comprising historic names and dates. Monastery represented the important hearth of educational and ecclesiastic life. The most beautiful view opens on Kolkheti Lowland, which in sunny weather is the magic show.